Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Music Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

After Queen finished "Another One Bites The Dust" — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year's Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Music Aug 14, 2014

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Three years ago, Seiho Hayakawa could often be found playing shows at basement venues around Osaka. Today, he's all over the map. In the past year, Hayakawa has toured the United States, opened for Disclosure in Tokyo and now divides his time between Kanto and ...

E-Girls "Colorful Pop"

Music / CD Reviews Apr 15, 2014

E-Girls "Colorful Pop"

E-Girls are a 28-member-strong idol pop collective constructed by Avex. The "E" stands for "Exile," as in this is the female version of greased-up R&B doofs Exile. The songwriters and producers making the songs on their second album, "Colorful Pop," boast backgrounds making mediocre tracks ...

Yoshino Yoshikawa "Yumetatsu Glider"

Music / CD Reviews | FOR DOWNLOAD Apr 15, 2014

Yoshino Yoshikawa "Yumetatsu Glider"

Tokyo producer Yoshino Yoshikawa has often described his work as "ultrapop," and for a while that term made perfect sense. Yoshikawa created busy, buzzing songs in the mold of Yasutaka Nakata. With names such as "Kawaii Candy," they were a colorful rush of synthesizers ...

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

Music Apr 15, 2014

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

It won't be business as usual at Big Love Records this Saturday, April 19. The store, one of the best places to shop for records in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku neighborhood, will be selling limited-edition music from various artists, including film director David Lynch. Meanwhile, ...

Music Apr 8, 2014

Datafruits brings netlabel talent to a wider audience

It was a bit of good timing for Tony Miller when two underground music scenes he liked intersected in 2011. "I was becoming increasingly interested in the U.K.'s pirate radio scene, and I thought I could use my Web engineering skills to make something similar. ...

Issues Apr 6, 2014

Teaching tricks of the trade for the new school year

Spring means the new school year has arrived in Japan, and for Assistant Language Teachers and non-Japanese English instructors it also signals a lot of changes. Some will find themselves in entirely new school assignments, while those staying put will welcome new classes of ...